Our final math fact fluency tests will be given on Friday, May 20th. This test will be turned in for our school's data as well as determine the fact fluency grade on the report card. Each student will take both the addition and subtraction tests.
Tonight's homework is to practice for the second grade performance. In order to receive credit for homework and earn a sticker, the music packet must be signed by an adult in the house. There is no math homework tonight.
Progress reports will go home on Friday. Please sign the sheet sent home along with the progress report and return it on Monday. The progress report doesn't need to be returned. You'll only receive a progress report on concerns about standards we've already covered. Anyone who hasn't mastered both addition and subtraction facts will receive a progress report. If you have any questions, please e-mail me as soon as possible.
Today we started a new unit in math on time. Your child will be expected to tell time to the five minute marks. Everyone made their own clocks today to use for practice in class. See if your child can tell you the difference between the 2 hands on a clock. Your child should also be able to tell you the difference between an analog clock and a digital clock.
Yesterday, I taught the class about a diamond poem. This poem uses a lot of different parts of speech. Ask your child to explain how it got its name as well as the parts of speech that are used.
Box Tops are due on Friday. Clip, clip, clip!
On Friday the school will be wearing purple in honor of military children. Please support these families and wear purple too!
Please go on to the science lab blog to see what's happening in our school's lab. You can register for the blog to send you the updates just like you did for our class. Use the link below to get there.
Congratulations to this week's top 5 point earners.
1. Austin 11.0
2. Brent 10.9
3. Abbie 10.5
4. Luke 7.8
5. Reid 6.7
Keep up the great work. Don't forget that 8 points are due on May 20th.
We will be learning about the life cycle of the ladybug this week. We have had our ladybug larvae for almost a week. Most of them are ready for the pupa stage. The test will be on Monday, April 25th. We started researching ladybugs today during our writing time. We took lots of notes. We'll begin writing our informative papers on the ladybug soon.
It's time to write your placement letters for next year. Below you'll find the form and due dates. It's very important to remember not to include a specific teacher's name. It's also important to make sure there is a hard copy of the letter delivered to the office. Don't e-mail your letter. Please feel free to send your letter in your child's folder marked placement letter and I'll make sure it is delivered to the office. If you want me to have a copy of the letter, please send me a separate copy or you may e-mail me a copy.
Grade for 2016-2017 (Next Year)
Garrison Mill Elementary School
2016-2017 Class Placement Input Form
Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2016 (hard copy to the Front Office)
Please complete this form to give input on your child’s placement for the next school year. All information is important, but requests FOR specific teachers will not be considered. Please limit your feedback to this form and not in a separate letter.
Describe your child’s specific learning needs in the space provided below.
1. Describe your child’s learning style and how he/she learns best.
2. Detail any peer concerns. If you have shared concerns about a peer in the past, please list the same concern here.
3. Please list any other information you would like considered in deciding the placement of your child.
4. Please list the following:
Your child’s current teacher: _______________________
**Just a reminder, do not request a particular teacher. If you do, this form will not be honored**
We will use the above information in conjunction with the direct input of the classroom teachers to make the best possible placement for your child. Due to multiple factors considered in placement, we cannot always guarantee that specific requests can be honored.
Please submit a HARD COPY of this form to the front office by Friday, April 29, 2016, by 3:00 PM.
Due to SPAM filters, email submissions cannot be accepted.
Hopefully you've heard all about our new classroom additions! We have ladybug larvae (grubs), butterfly larvae (caterpillars), a praying mantis pod, and lots of baby fish. It really is fun watching them change and grow. Our grubs are ready for the pupa stage. The caterpillars grew a ton over the weekend. Both have molted. It won't be long and we'll see several Js in the caterpillar jar. Ask your child to keep you posted on all of the changes. They're very exciting!
A great, big THANK YOU to Mrs. Villanueva for volunteering to help us in the science lab last Thursday. We couldn't have planted without her.
Thank you to the GMEF for purchasing our critters that we're observing during the life cycle unit. They also purchased the books we've been enjoying. They've done a lot to make us smarter and to make learning fun.
Please make sure you are setting aside time to help your child memorize addition and subtraction facts. This is a requirement for 2nd grade and is on the report card. Friday's timed test went home today. Tomorrow's math homework is a glyph that involves coloring, cutting, and gluing. If your child doesn't have the necessary materials at home to complete this activity, please remind him/her to bring home the needed supplies.
Thank you, Lily for donating Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears to our classroom. I can't wait to share it with the class. I know everyone is going to love it!
Don't forget to pick up your homework pass in the science lab for attending STEAM night.
Letter Home Journals are due on April 11th after spring break. However, please feel free to send them in tomorrow to avoid losing them over the week off.
Today in the science lab we learned about the life cycle of a mushroom and about seeds.
A great big THANK YOU to the class for my Teacher Appreciation gift, a gift card to one of my favorite restaurants, Lucia's. It was such a kind and generous present and my son and I will really enjoy using it.
Enjoy your week off next week! Stay safe and return rested!
Don't forget that tomorrow, 5:30-8:00, is STEAM night at Garrison Mill. Come join us in the media center, science lab, and gym for fun hands on activities. The book fair will be open until 7:00. I look forward to seeing you there!
During math today we learned about the cube. Everyone made one and practiced counting the faces, edges, and vertices. Please have your child show you what each of these are and count them for you. There are 6 faces, 12 edges, and 8 vertices. The students are required to know these vocabulary words as well as how many are on a cube. We will have the assessment on 2D shapes and the cube Monday, when we return from spring break.
April is Autism Awareness Month and Garrison Mill will be showing our support by "lighting it up blue" on Friday, April 1st. Please wear blue to school on Friday to show your support.
Today we read this great book and discussed the author's purpose as well as comprehension questions. Ask your child to retell you the story, as this is another skill we'll be working on this quarter.
Thank you, Brent for the wonderful new book for our class. I can't wait to read Frog on a Log? to the class. I know everyone will love it as much as I do! It's very silly!
Yesterday and today we reviewed the 4 stages in the butterfly's life cycle. The assessment will be on Friday. There isn't a study guide going home. Here's what your child should know. Stage 1: egg, Stage 2: caterpillar/larva, Stage 3: chrysalis/pupa, and Stage 4: adult butterfly
The book fair is now open! We will be previewing the book fair tomorrow afternoon. You may send in money for your child to purchase books any day this week. If you would like to accompany your child to the book fair, it's open at 7:15 each morning. You could also go after lunch. Mrs. Brown and I have our wish list items on the board with all of the other teachers. I was really impressed with all of the wonderful books I saw. Happy shopping and reading!